Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment
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Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment

Edited by Nora Götzmann

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) has increasingly gained traction among state, business and civil society actors since the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011. This timely and insightful Handbook addresses HRIA in the context of business and human rights.
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Chapter 19: The need for a multidisciplinary HRIA team: Learning and collaboration across fields of impact assessment

Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt and Kendyl Salcito


Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) is inherently a multidisciplinary practice, as human rights are cross-cutting and implicate cultural, social, economic, political, legal, environmental and health topics. Yet, HRIA and related fields of impact and risk assessment largely reside in silos. A growing body of literature documents the added value of merging disciplinary methods and findings in pursuit of comprehensive analysis of the impacts of business activities on people and the environment. This chapter examines that literature as pertinent to HRIA, identifying space for HRIA practitioners to integrate the methodologies, good practices and experiences across impact assessment disciplines. The literature also indicates that other fields of impact assessment would benefit from incorporating human-rights-based approaches. The chapter makes the case for transdisciplinary collaboration and concludes with a set of concrete action items for HRIA practitioners to more fully integrate HRIA and established impact and risk assessment methodologies.

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